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Unbeaten Graham McCormack returns to ring after injury

Unbeaten Graham McCormack is set to return to the ring later this month for Celtic Clash 6

Unbeaten Graham McCormack returns to ring after injury

Limerick’s Graham McCormack has had a crazy past few weeks but is now settled and ready to claim his third win as a professional boxer.

The light middleweight was due to box on in June but was forced to pull out with a hand injury, moving to a different card. However, with the ‘Celtic Clash 6’ bill he was initially due to box on being postponed, he is now in the right shape to return to the bill and will box at the Good Counsel GAA Club in Drimnagh, Dublin on Saturday, July 14th.


“I was off the June show with damaged ligaments in my right hand,” he explains, “an injury I picked up in my last fight, but I gave it four weeks no punching and it’s feeling great now. I am all set to go again in July. I’m really excited to be out again. I want to say a big thanks to my management team for keeping me active. I was a bit worried over my hand I thought I’d have to wait a while but my hand is healing nicely so I cannot wait to get back in there.”

The switches haven’t distracted the likable 30-year-old who approaches his four-round fight on the bill with a laser-like focus.

“I just can’t wait to get back into the ring fully focused. I had a lot going on outside of boxing last time I boxed and it kind of affected me but this time I’m fully focused. No distractions, I’m ready to put on a great show for myself and my supporters. I feel I haven’t really done myself justice [in previous fights]. I’ve just gone in and gone to war so I’m looking forward to showing my boxing skills this time against a step up.”

Training in Dublin during the week with former Irish champion Eddie Hyland, McCormack can feel himself developing every day.

The former Munster amateur champion described how “I’m settling in nicely to the pro game but I’m still only new to it, so I’m learning every step of the way. Eddie has shown me so much and it’s really benefiting my boxing. When I listen to Eddie I am in top form. If I do what Eddie says it will be very hard for anyone to beat me, but sometimes I get caught up in the crowd and everything goes out the window then. I want to show that I can box and not just go in and throw the game plan out the window. I’m learning a lot, especially how to keep calm and not get lost in the moment. I am really grateful that I have ended up with Eddie. He has really helped me adapt to the pro style.” 

It’s an eventual goal of McCormack to bring professional boxing back to Limerick for the first time since Willie Casey defeated Dubliner Paul Hyland for the European super bantamweight title at UL way back in 2010. That said, he’s not getting ahead of himself.

“Down the road that is something I will relish and something I would absolutely love. It has been mentioned between myself and my management team, but we are fully focused on my next fight now and I will take it one fight at a time. I have definitely noticed my fanbase growing, it’s great, it makes me work harder. I love all the support I have from Limerick. it’s absolutely amazing and since I’ve turned pro it’s been great, great for this fight and the last. I am blessed to be in this situation.”

This large fanbase, which has already built a reputation for the noise and support they bring, will be out in full force in the atmospheric Dublin venue on July 14th. McCormack notes how “the last show [at Good Counsel] was electric and I’m really looking forward to bringing the Limerick army up there. The atmosphere was brilliant last time and I said to the lads that were with me that I can’t wait to box here next time out, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Also featuring on the ‘Celtic Clash 6’ undercard alongside McCormack will be Jobstown bantamweight Dylan McDonagh, Crumlin super featherweight Aiden Metcalfe, Smithfield welterweight Keane McMahon, Ballybrack lightweight Niall O’Connor, Lucan welterweight John Joyce, Antrim cruiserweight Conor Cooke, Sallynoggin super feather Stephen McAfee, Crumlin lightweight Martin Quinn, and BUI Celtic title fights between super bantamweight Carl McDonald and Colin O’Donovan and light welterweights Victor Rabei and Karl Kelly. The show is headlined by RTÉ pundit and current BUI Celtic featherweight champion Eric Donovan.

Tickets for the fight night are priced at €55 (ringside), €35 (unreserved) and are available from the boxers involved. Graham McCormack can be contacted at 083 047 0006.


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